The war on terror, immigration, and gun control dominated the November Presidential election. And just a few days after the new year, the country may have seen why these issues are so important. On January 6, 2017, Esteban Santiago opened fire at a Fort Lauderdale airport. Immediately, the public wondered how the crime happened, the legal residency status of Santiago, why it was done, and how someone could enter an airport with a firearm undetected. Some answers have been provided in the time since the shooting, but there are still many pieces to this puzzle that have not yet come together.
An update on the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting includes the following information:
• Santiago entered a Not Guilty plea, to 22 federal charges which have been filed against him.
• Many of the charges are punishable by either life in prison, or the death penalty, making this a serious case and one to watch for how the law is applied to the facts.
• Santiago is a war veteran, and has a history of mental health problems. But even given those issues, it has been reported that Santiago is refusing to take medication while behind bars.
• No terrorism charges have been made, and the case will be heard in Miami for the safety of those involved.
At this early stage it is not possible to determine an outcome, but it is likely we will see an insanity defense raised. Given Santiago’s service history, issues surrounding PTSD may also likely emerge. This case could be a good example of how important societal issues play out in a court of law, and we should all expect a lot of media attention will be given as the case progresses. And, if there are any changes to existing laws that may affect you, such as weapons laws, rest assured we will stay on top of those changes in an effort to continually provide accurate representation to our client base. If you have questions about criminal law, or have been charged with a crime, call us for help. We have experience in several areas of criminal defense, and we will work aggressively to minimize the impact of any charges against you.
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